July Meal Plan: 5 weeks of family-friendly, summer dinners

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One year ago, this week, I tilted the table and created the first Julieverse Meal Plan Calendar. Forget weekly, this was whole month of meals. I found that offering a month at a time offered readers more opportunity to plan (they didn't have to wait for Monday) and it offers everyone an opportunity to get more ideas to balance your week and month. So, here it is. The beginning of the 2nd annual monthly meal plan calendar! This plan was created to help you plan cooking 5 weeks of summer … [Read more...]

5 weeks of dinner plans: October


If you're new to meal planning, then check out my how to meal plan post which will give you the basic instructions on how to organize your week and get started. Of course, here at Julieverse, I make it easy for you. Each week, I repost the monthly plans, highlighting 5-7 well-rounded, family-friendly meals for you to fit into your plan. Once you get into the habit of planning, you'll find yourself less stressed, spending less money and having to go to the store only once a week. Please give … [Read more...]

August Meal Plan: all planned out for you

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As much as I'm loving reading the recipes for all the meals featured on this list, I have to admit that I'm not cooking them all. Summer can be so hard. Last week, I cooked two meals. Two. For me, that's heartbreaking, because I've learned to love cooking and creating and tweaking recipes to fit our family. The week itself was barely planned (yikes!) and a mix of overnights for the kids, sick days for me, movies and field trips. Still, the fact that I had the week pre-planned was so helpful … [Read more...]

July meal plan: 4 weeks of summer dinners

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Here's what's cooking for the entire month of July. I've planned ahead 4 weeks of summer dinners for an easier month of cooking for your family. The July Meal Plan will be-reposted each Monday through the month. Shuffle the plans around to make them work best for your family. Want to know more about meal planning? Read my basic tips for meal planning post. And to get meal plans in your email inbox, subscribe to the Julieverse daily emails (plus you’ll receive other Julieverse posts each … [Read more...]

Meal Plan: April weeks 1 and 2

Here's what's cooking on our menu plan for dinners this week: Menu Plan: April week 1 Monday: chicken and pepper fajitas (if you're still observing Passover tonight, consider making a chicken and pepper fajita salad with matzah for the crunch) Tuesday: slow cooker chicken cheese steaks Wednesday: crab rolls (no cook dinner for bball night) Thursday: salami and pepper pizzas Weekend: pasta with zucchini, tomatoes, salmon and feta (I'm basing the meal on the linked recipe, but will add … [Read more...]

Meal Plan: March week 1

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I posted this last week, but just in case you missed it, here's what's on the menu for our family dinners this week:   Menu Plan: March week 1 This is my birthday week, so we're going out to celebrate! In honor of my birthday, pick a night and do something fun together as a family! Monday: Birthday dinner for me! Tuesday: Chicken Tacos Wednesday: Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes Thursday: leftovers Weekend: Chicken Tortilla soup and Chef Salad … [Read more...]

Entertaining a crowd: Jambalaya recipe

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I might have found the perfect one-pot dinner choice for entertaining a crowd. For New Years this year, our party quickly went from 4 adults to 10, and this simple one-pot Jambalaya recipe wasn't just enough to feed everyone (with leftovers) but was such a crowd-pleaser that the recipe has been requested by every one who attended. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:24] *Note: depending on the rice you select, it maybe crunchy. Cooking Louisiana offers suggestions for cooking rice in Jamabalaya in … [Read more...]

Meal Plan: December, week 2

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Getting closer and closer and... wait! We're already into the holidays now, aren't we? We enjoyed a wonderful Hanukkah weekend and continue to celebrate it all week with themed nights here at our home. Of course, those themed nights are also filled with homework, after school activities and more. Here's what's cooking: Menu Plan: December, week 2 Monday: Rose Romano's Red Pepper Marinara Sausage Bake Tuesday: Blackened Salmon with Rice Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla … [Read more...]

Interview with Taste of Home’s Best Loved Recipes Editor Karen Berner

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I had the opportunity to interview Karen Berner, editor of Taste of Home's Best Loved Recipes. With nearly 1000 pages of cooking tips, there are 20 years of reader-submitted recipes that have all been tried, tasted, and approved in the Taste of Home kitchens. Watch to learn more... This cookbook makes a great holiday or housewarming gift, or a "bible" to keep in your kitchen. Click to purchase. (Affiliate link, thank you.)   On the meal plan this week (September, week … [Read more...]

Cooking from Parents Need to Eat Too

When I received an email invitation to join a campaign featuring Debbie Koenig's new cookbook, Parents Need to Eat Too, I barely hesitated. I don't review much anymore, but cookbooks, as long as I'll use them, are easy to discuss because I do value planning meals that are easy to cook that my family will enjoy. Paging through Parents Need to Eat Too I know I've found a cookbook that will help me create those easy, speedy meals. This cookbook is written with the new, new mom in mind and, as a … [Read more...]